Vision EQ Silver Arrow is a tribute to a legendary race car, that helps to continue Mercedes' series of Vision concepts.

This year’s edition of Car week in Monterey was under strong influence of electric cars and concepts, also thanks to Mercedes-Benz. Actually, German brand brought an electric concept to California even last year. Remember Maybach Vision 6 Cabriolet. This year the theme was again a step in the past. The car however was much more different. Instead of luxury, Mercedes went for speed and made a modern reincarnation of legendary Silver Arrow.

81 years ago, back in 1937 Mercedes-Benz presented a brand new racecar. Which proved to be a bit fast. Actually, it became the fastest car of its time, thanks to Italian racing driver Rudolf Caracciola, who brought it to 432.7 km/h on the A5 autobahn between Frankfurt and Darmstadt. Now, they have revived the car in a carbon-fiber concept for 21. Century.

"Over 80 years ago, the historic Silver Arrows demonstrated that Mercedes-Benz was a pioneer when it came to speed thanks, among other things, to their streamlined shape," says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer at Daimler AG. "The Vision EQ Silver Arrow draws on that legacy. Intended for acceleration and driving pleasure, it embodies progressive luxury and provides an insight into the future of our design. As a result, the show car drives the design idiom of our new EQ product and technology brand to the top."

As previously mentioned, and just as the name is suggesting, Vision EQ Silver Arrow is powered by electricity and just as above mentioned Vision 6 Cabriolet, it has the same power plant, capable of producing 550 kilowatts of power. It is paired with an 80 kWh battery pack, which is capable of providing some 400 kilometers of autonomy to the car and this is already according to the new WLTP standard.

Even though the concept is reincarnation of legendary racecar – complete with 168-spoke rims, EQ Silver Arrow is still a comfortable car thanks to the values of Progressive Luxury. Interior of the car, made to fit only driver is thus a mix of old school traditional leather upholstery and other elements, reminiscing the golden days of racing, combined modern technologies, such as 3D panoramic screen in front of the driver, that just shows, what Mercedes is preparing for us in the next few years.

Aug. 26, 2018 Driving photo: Daimler AG

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